A summer writing workshop is the dreamy creative home for every aspiring writer. Lord knows I’ve been to many of them. I’ll go to many more. But something has changed in my writing life. Now I teach them too. For the first time this year, I’ll be teaching at Meredith College’s summer writing workshops, June 23 – 27, 9-3, a kind of day camp for women writers. I’ve just visited the campus for the first time, and it’s so lovely it’s like living in a Mid-summer Night’s Dream of a women’s college, with rolling lawns, riotous gardens, and big trees. The day I went was the day before graduation and the young seniors were floating around campus dressed in dreamy white dresses – a Meredith tradition. You don’t have to wear a white dress to come to my workshop, though I remember one summer writing workshop with a slim dashing poet teacher who wore a black eye-patch like a pirate. By the end of the workshop, all the women attending were wearing white flowy dresses like pirate’s wenches.
Other writers teaching at Meredith this summer: Carol Henderson, Zelda Lockhart, Ruth Moose
Creative Nonfiction with Marjorie Hudson
Personal essays wrap a writer’s life and voice around her enduring fascinations. In this workshop, we’ll dip into the delicious work of masters of creative nonfiction, we’ll write from prompts designed to reveal the deep music of women’s lives, we’ll explore CNF techniques such as narration, scene, and dialogue, and we’ll create a warm community of support. We’ll explore personal strategies for a successful writing life as well as how to generate useful critique–and how to use it once you’ve got it. Bring your burning questions and the first 5 pages of a personal essay or memoir for in-class comments and coaching.
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
June 23 – 27, 2014
9 am – 3 pm
Includes a light breakfast and full lunch every day.
Writing, craft study, critique, group panels, readings, and individual coaching.
Please indicate your FIRST and SECOND choice of courses: _____ Poetry _____ Fiction _____ Nonfiction _____ Mining for Material
Cost: $320 for the week
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- Return this form with your payment by Friday, June 6, 2014. (Checks made payable to Meredith College)
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